Community, Finals, Christmas & Malawi
Mag. Claudia R. Wintoch
December 17, 2002



A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in
families. (Ps 68:5-6a)

He truly does! Knowing God is all about relationships - with Him, but also with others. There's no such thing as a lone Christian. The greatest commandment is to love the Lord with ALL we have and are - do you truly love Him with EVERYTHING you are and have? - but also to love my neighbor. If you read the Bible, you will notice how important community is to Jews, and to God. We in the Western world have no idea what community really is. Or what it means to love my neighbor. For most my neighbor is myself. Do we consider others better than ourselves? Are we ready to put their needs over our own? Are we even willing to lay our lives down for a brother or sister? Tough questions.

Over the past few months I've experienced something I had never even dreamed possible. I've gotten a little glimpse of what community is like. Of what it is like to truly be a family. To have mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters and daughters and sons. I believe it is absolutely crucial for us to come together like that with what is on the horizon, what is coming, to be able to withstand and be alight. Recently I saw this thing coming closer, threatening and horrible. But then a wall of love came up and it couldn't penetrate. Only love will protect us. And it needs to be a wall of love that we cannot form alone. The key is our personal, intimate relationship with Him. It is the foundation for everything. How much time do you spend with the Lover of your soul every day? Have you found that intimate place on His chest, where you hear His heartbeat and the whisper of His voice? I wanna encourage you to seek HIM with all your strength; the day may not be far when it is gonna be a matter of life or death. Learn to hear His voice - and act on it!


While much darkness is coming, the Lord is still the same He was yesterday, desiring all nations to turn to Him, now rather than on judgment day. He still heals, delivers, sets free, saves, prospers - by the way, all things that the word translated "salvation" really means. He is looking for those who are ready to give up EVERYTHING to be HIS vessel for HIS works to expand HIS Kingdom whereEVER He wants. I wanna be one of them And
Catch The Wind is made up of people like that. It's been awesome to be a part of CTW from the very beginning, and watch what He does with willing people. I'd like to encourage you to check out the webpage, that has just recently been updated, including pictures from the two Bulgaria trips, info on upcoming trips and the team. Dr Dave Ryser, our former School of Ministry Dean, a wonderful man of God who's become a Dad to me, heads CTW Ministries, and I'm looking forward to the adventures ahead. While my heart is constantly in Mali, waiting for that door to open, I believe my involvement with CTW might be longer and deeper than expected.


I'm having finals this week, finishing the first trimester of the second year. It's been a trimester that surprised me. I had expected the Hebrew class to be my favorite, and Preaching my least favorite, but it was the other way round. As a linguist, I felt like an adult who was put into a children's language course, which was really challenging. And when I first read the curriculum for WRSM less than two years ago, I dreaded the preaching class. Now, it is my favorite. This semester has been mainly theory, but in Januray we're actually starting to preach, and I can hardly wait... I feel more and more like Jeremiah who said, "His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot." (Jer 20:9) And those who have know me certainly know that this must be God's doing!
Today I finished my last paper for this trimester - praise God! Let me remind you that all my papers are on my webpage (click on ACADEMIC), and some are worthwhile reading.


This Christmas break is gonna be my first break without school work. I'm gonna have a real vacation! Not only that, I'll be busy visiting people; all those wonderful people the Lord has brought into my life, and me into theirs, as He welds us together. I'll be leaving town this Thursday after the church service and stay with friends till Sunday, then stay with another family over night, and on Monday, Dec 23, I'll go up to northern Missouri, where I'll stay for a week over Christmas. This is gonna be my first Christmas away from home - the most special time of the year in my family - and I'm so thankful that I may spend that time with a wonderful family of 8 (6 kids), new friends that have been such a great enrichment! After that week, we'll all go to Mike Bickle's youth conference
Dec 29-Jan 1, including THE CALL KANSAS CITY. And before school starts Jan 13, I'll be going south to Oklahoma to visit some more wonderful friends, gifts from God.


As mentioned earlier,
Todd Bentley ( is partnering with Heidi Baker ( in March of next year, doing a huge crusade in Malawi, East Africa (not to confuse with Mali, West Africa). Over 3 million people are in danger of starvation by April, so that God spoke to Todd to feed the people there while doing the crusade - over 100,000 three times a day for four days. For a whole year I've known that I had to go with/visit those two ministers before returning to Mali myself, so that I'm very excited about this opportunity. My application has already been sent, now all I need is to trust for the provision of the $3000 it will cost.
Please check out the information that is on my webpage ( and you can also donate towards the trip via internet by clicking on the PAYPAL button there.


Things are moving - an INS team is coming to visit the school which is a good sign that it won't take much longer. Please continue praying!


is gonna be an exciting year. The closer graduation comes (August), the more I feel like a race horse that's about to hear the start shot. I just got the first few books for my Masters thesis...
It will also be a year of being His ambassador to the nations, a small beginning of stepping into my calling, of bringing healing to the nations. The Malawi trip is in March, as is CTW's third Bulgaria trip (where I minister from Kansas City, sending the e-mail updates). In May, I'll be going to Vienna for my 30th birthday, followed by CTW's fourth trip to Bulgaria (and my first), and a stop in Latvia. In summer I might be going to England with CTW, and once I graduate in August...

Well, enough visionary writing for tonight - I'd better get some sleep with my finals ahead.

I appreciate you all, and would love to hear from you. Also, check out my webpage - I've worked on it recently, and a totally redesigned one will be up after Christmas.

As we learned in Hebrew class:
Yevarechecha Adonai, veyishmerecha! Ya’er Adonai panav elecha vichunecha! Yisa Adonai panav elecha veyasem lecha shalom! (Num 6:24-26)

All HIS,


Ask of Me, and I will make the nations your inheritance. (Ps 2:8)
Mag. Claudia R. Wintoch
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